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UPDATE! Richard E Grant Shares his Excitement for Star Wars: Episode IX

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    We are just 80 days away from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, where everyone expects to see a lot of footage and learn new info about Disney's upcoming Star Wars projects, especially the closing chapter, the grand finale of the Skywalker saga - Episode IX. In recent months, Richard E Grant, a newcomer to the galaxy far, far away, has been one of the few sources for little bits of information about the movie. Now the actor gave another hint in an interview about the character he is playing in the film.







    UPDATE!

    This article had a different title, which was a bit misleading so we changed it. It was 'Richard E Grant Hints He is Playing a Familiar Character in Star Wars: Episode IX'. I am all to be blamed here. I read a little bit too much in Grant's comments and saw something that isn't there. I agree with some of the comments that Grant just expressed his excitement when it was revealed to him he will be in Star Wars. And the way he expressed that he 'thought' Abrams told him his character name really shows that it doesn't matter what that name is to him. So apologies for the confusion. There still maybe something here but I don't want to raise people's expectations and mislead them. Let's move on.







    The full, unchanged article before the update:



    First, let me remind you that a few months ago Grant was a guest on Josh Horowitz' podcast Happy, Sad, Confused, where the actor gave brief details about his audition for the movie and his initial meeting with J.J. Abrams about the role.



    Back then Grant revealed that he auditioned together with Daisy Ridley and that they used a 10-page script of an interrogation scene clearly set in the 1940s. This made a lot of us to speculate that he will be most likely playing a First Order officer who will probably interrogate Daisy Ridley's character Rey at some point in the film.



    Part of what he said in this interview was the following:

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    Now in a new interview with The Telegraph Grant shared pretty much the same info but worded differently. He said (excerpt via Reddit member XSection):



    As you can see in the first interview, Grant revealed that 'the room went upside down' while stopping shy of revealing what his character will be called. In the new interview it seems the main reason for this excitement was actually the name of the character, which led us to believe that he will be playing a well known character from the Star Wars universe.



    Of course this doesn't necessarily mean that we met his character before. It could be just someone related to someone we know.



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    It's worth mentioning that after the first interview from a few months ago, many fans speculated that Grant could be playing the movie version of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a Legends character that was revived in the new Star Wars canon with his appearance on Dave Filoni's animation show Star Wars Rebels, and a few new canon novels by author Timothy Zahn, who introduced the character back in 1991 with his Thrawn trilogy. Even though the actor liked a few fan tweets with this speculation, later during an interview with Radio Times, Grant directly stated that he is not playing Thrawn in Star Wars: Episode IX, squashing all rumors and speculations.



    Whatever the case, this is surely an exciting tidbit of information. Which known character do you think Grant could be playing in Episode IX? Remember that this interrogation scene from the audition doesn't have to be connected with the movie's story itself. It's also possible that Grant’s character is a Resistance general who has a scene with Rey, or even a third party faction that will play an important role in the film. Pirates, smugglers, bounty hunters? Who knows...





    Star Wars: Episode IX is in its final stages of filming, which could soon lead to a title reveal and more details about the movie. The movie opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.





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    Well the only familiar character that could come back (*we have to assume only the movies*) would be Old Ben.
     
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    I don't know the extent of Richard E. Grant's Star Wars knowledge, but as mentioned above me, I think the choice of past characters is extremely limited. If he heard he was playing Thrawn, would the room really turn upside down? I'd be pleasantly though extremely surprised if he's even heard the name before.

    He bears a resemblance to Tarkin/Peter Cushing in my opinion, but there's probably no reason why Tarkin would be in 9, even in a flashback.

    It could be a new character but with a familiar last name, or maybe the description of the character is what had the room turn upside down. Maybe it's a major role or a role that's integral to the story, I think that's more likely.
     
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    So, assuming our assumption that Grant reacted to learning the name of the character he was to play (and not just to the fact that'd he be playing a named character with dialogue and several scenes in a Star Wars movie, which is pretty great for any actor), we must try to guess why he reacted strongly to the information.

    Is Grant a massive Star Wars fan? He very well could be (he was 20 at the release of ANH), in which case ANY character would be dizzying to get the opportunity to play. Even something like... Bob Spaceman, the two-bit bartender who serves Poe drinks in the first act of Ep.IX would be great fun to play for a SW fan. An interesting role here might be Wedge Antilles (since Lawson isn't interested in doing the role anymore), but that doesn't line up well with the 40s war movie interrogation stuff (although there is no reason, really, why the audition scenes needs to be related to what he's going to be doing in the actual film...).

    If Grant is not a major fan, then the name must be big news to him for another reason, for instance because a previous iteration of said (or a related) role was played by a huge (probably British) actor whose shoes it would be terrifying and exhilarating to fill. I would say it is very unlikely that Grant is playing Obi-wan (i.e. following Guinness), 'cause fans pretty much won't "allow" anyone but Ewan McGregor to play the role now. But if Grant is indeed playing a FO officer type, possibly with interrogation scenes with Ridley, he could perhaps be playing a Tarkin? (Not Moff Tarkin himself, of course, but a relative). To model ones acting on Peter Cushing would be cool and interesting for any actor.

    The only other major name I can think of that a non-fan actor would be excited about is Darth Vader, which... is unlikely since a ghost-Vader role (or flashback) would hardly need a great actor behind the mask.

    For me, Grant's character in Ep.IX remains a complete mystery.
     
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    Oh yay. Another round of name speculation and eventual disappointment.

    Silly actors drumming up hoopla
     
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    Well that's the Thrawn rumors put to bed. Hopefully he's a crime lord from Canto Bight looking for payback.
     
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    From his looks and facial structure, I could see him pulling off a Tarkin relative. I'd prefer Thrawn but I couldn't see the reason introducing him this late in the series.... unless as an introduction for a trilogy of his own maybe.
     
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